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Us 48, Lord 19, Colorado 12, Aurora 5, Jordan 3, Steve Hogan 3, Rebecca Wingo 2, Our City 2, God 2, The City 2, Jessica Ghawi 2, Hogan 2, Jon Blunk 2, Alex Sullivan 2, Jerrell 2, Alexander Teves 2, Heaven 2, Micayla Medek 2, Debbie Stafford 1, Veronica White 1,
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    July 22, 2012
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perished, let us grieve for the loved ones who mourn their lives. in our mourning, our lord who is the great comforter is truly present to us but we do not grief live like those who have hope. we grieve that neither life nor death can separate us from his abundant love. his abundant love is our consolation. [ applause ] and so we return to our lives, let us see in this tragedy a reminder that our lives are fleeting and that they are a precious gift. they are a gift from god, a grace and they are given to us to glorify god, both in the
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short time that we have on earth and forever an eternity in heaven and let us glorify god and our love for him and let us glorify god and our love for one another and let us glorify god by responding to all violence by peace and to all evil with love. [ applause ] and so now let us bow our heads in prayer. loving and merciful god, we praise you and we adore you for your great mercy. you are truth, goodness, and beauty. you are the source of all that is good and all that is holy and you hate what is evil. you respond to evil, oh lord,
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with love and your boundless love, your victory over death is our hope for we know that we do not live in a lasting city. we entrust our beloved deceased to your love and mercy. we entrust our community to your comfort and peace. we entrust our fear, our doubt, our uncertainty to your providential love. be present to us tonight, be present to us in the days ahead. help us to love as you love and help us to build a community of peace. we pray are for the victims of this terrible crime, for the survivors and for their families. we pray for their friends and neighbors who love them. we pray for the conversion of the perpetrator of this terrible
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crime and we pray for our city, for healing, for strength to go forward. you are our hope, lord. we look to your resurrection as a sure sign that death does not defeat us, that death is not the evil. instead we pray that each of us may join in your victory of resurrection. we ask this through jesus christ our lord, amen. [ applause ] >> impasse for of mosaic church of aurora and the community of faith. leadership matters. leadership matters when things are going well but leadership really matters in moments of tragedy and crisis. here in aurora we are blessed. we are blessed with strong, capable, caring leaders and every segment and every level of our society.
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we are well served. we are well led. at the top of that heap is the mayor. please welcome our mayor, steve hogan. [ applause ] >> i'd like to take a moment and introduce the members of the aurora city council, those friends that i serve with and who represent this city well. it's not just a question of my leadership. it's a question of their leadership. so i would like to introduce them individually.
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i'd ask them to stand. city council member debbie hunter holland. [ applause ] city council member [ applause ] city council member melissa miller. [ applause ] city council member marsha. city council member peterson. city council member molly marker. city council member brad pierce. city council member bob lageer.
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and barbara. [ applause ] >> so as the mayor continues to -- the mayor continues to introduce the city council members, we'll get back in. as a matter of fact, he is done. let's listen in now to may juror steve hogan, mayor of aurora. >> i know the city council members join me in expressing our tremendous sorrow to the victims and their families impacted by this horrific tragedy. the thoughts and words i express tonight are those of my colleagues as well. the theater is in ward 3, the ward of council member marsha burgens. the apartment is in ward 1, the ward of council member mel li
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melissa miller. but this horrific incident touches all of aurora. it touches a community, a state, and a country. for aurora, this is also one of those moments that bring out the best in our community and who we are as individuals. tonight we honor loved ones, no longer with us. tonight we support the survivors. tonight we reach out to each other and love each other and love our neighbors and demonstrate what it means to be a community of good, caring, and loving people. tonight each of us is reaching
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into the depths of our souls and asking why, why did this senseless act happen? why did so many lives have to end short and in such a tragic way? these are questions to which there are no answers but in this time we offer our care and guidance. we turn to our family and friends and strength and support but if it may be impossible to arrive at an explanation that will make sense to us. what is not impossible is to determine our course of action from here, a course that will help us reclaim peace in our lives. arow ra has long been a place of community, diversity, and growth. we are a family in aurora. i came to this city as a young man and i raised my family here. we are good, hardworking people who believe in the goodness of our fellow men. we are coming together tonight as a family would to provide
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love and support, to those who lost loved ones and those whose lives have been scarred forever by this tragedy. and we are here for you. that is a message i have been sharing and will continue to share. there were people who stared harder in the the face and went out of their way to help others escape that theater. there are men and women in uniform from aurora -- [ applause ] there are men and women in
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aurora who go botwent above andd in response to this tragedy. and they were helped by many local, state, and federal agencies who are partnered with us as we work through this horrible situation. as i indicated, tonight is also a time to honor those who died as heroes.
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[ applause ] [ applause ] >> people like jon blunk, the 21-year-old whose act of heroism saved the live of jansen young and matt mcquinn saved the life of samantha and for those others who died but whose story is just unfolding or is yet to be told, because of them, more lives weren't lost and more harm wasn't done. all of us will forever remember
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you. on behalf of our community, we also want to express our deep appreciation for the support we have received from all over the metropolitan area, from colorado, from the nation, and literally throughout the world. it does mean something to us. [ applause ] and it means something to the families to know that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people are with us and helping to share our burden of grief at
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this moment and to everyone i want to state unequivocally and defiantly that it is not this senseless act of violence that marks us as a community. it is the lives and acts of these heroes and the enumerable acts of kindness of neighbors who defines who we are. [ applause ] our hearts are broken and our community is not. we can use it to strengthen each
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other. we will reclaim our city in the name of goodness, kindness, and compassion. let our city be a place where the vulnerable are supported by our strength. we will care for the families and we will care for each other. the countless acts of compassion and goodness, bravery and selflessness that mark this tragedy will be forever remembered and honored. and our community will be with you as you leave this place tonight. the pain is still raw and the healing is yet to begin but know that the city of aurora and the citizens of aurora and the citizens of this metropolitan area and the citizens of this state will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to help
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you. that is what families do and we are family. we experienced a tragedy but now is the time to grieve, now is the time to heal and now is the time to begin to overcome. at this point, i would like to introduce the governor of the state of colorado, someone that i have spent a great deal of time with these last two days in a variety of situations that i would never have imagined. ladies and gentlemen, john
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hickenlooper. [ applause ] >> thank you, mayor hogan. that was beautiful. i know that you've had as little sleep as i have. makes it all the more impressive. colorado is a good place filled with good people. and as you said, we will not -- rerefuse to be -- to even allow our communities to be defined by irrational, senseless violence. the great thinker and holocaust survivor victor frank, a man who certainly faced deep loss said if there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning
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and suffering. so what are we to make of suffering from such violence in what possible meaning can it have? philospherer and certainly wiser people than myself may have the answer but it may be no more complicated than a stranger reaching out to another person, or hugging your kids a little tighter, remembering to tell the people closest to you that you love them. as we gather here today, holding close to each other, we remember those who died on july 20th and honor the heroes. and we continue to seek ways to help givingfirst.org is a way to help support those survivors and the families of the victims and
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there are also so many people to thank. you know, allegedly mayor steve hogan has only been mayor for seven months. i find that hard to believe. he is so strong and so wise and i've seen him personally as we've gone through the hospitals and met with victims and their families, willing to give them his strength and police chief dan oates -- [ applause ] -- there will be many stories that unfold beyond what's already been told. many of those stories are going to talk about the heroic actions
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of aurora police officers again and again and again and from the moment they got news that they got the call that came through from dispatch, they were on the scene within 2 1/2 minutes. and literally within seconds they had apprehended the suspect and i refuse to say his name
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[ applause ] in my house, we're just going to call him suspect a. those officers when they arrived -- and i've talked to dozens and dozens and dozens of victims who had found their way out wounded from the theater or in the back, and they saw the first officers arrive and make the arrest and then they stood there for a moment and without hesitation they said -- a couple of ambulances aren't going to be enough. and they ran as fast as they could run across the asphalt parking lot to get their patrol cruisers and they started taking victims to the hospital.
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[ applause ] one aurora police officer took six victims to make sure they got to the hospital. [ applause ] i want to recognize all of the hundreds of first responders that came on moments notice -- i mean, from everyone. there were legions. and the health care and trauma professionals, i visited all seven hospitals, i've met surgeons within minutes there were hundreds of medical personnel making sure that this
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disaster was not what suspect a intended. to his family, we are more sorry than words can express. we, like you, struggle to find meaning in an act that defies any type of understanding. you know, the president and mayor hogan and i went and met with families of the deceased and it was almost like somehow god had come down and picked some of the most vibrant and alive people and taken them from us. and the families, again, without
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words, we can't -- we can't adequately communicate how deeply we share their grief. july 20th should never be about remembering this event or the killer. it should be -- it should be about remembering those individuals, right? about remembering those victims. [ applause ] so i'm going to ask you to help me here. i'm going to read 12 names and i'd like -- after i read each name, i'd like you each to say together, we will remember. jon blunk, you will remember.
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a.j.boik. >> we will remember. >> jesse childress. >> we will remember. >> gordon cowden. >> we will remember. >> jessica ghawi. >> we will remember. >> john larimer. >> we will remember. >> matt mcquinn. >> we will remember. >> micayla medek. >> we will remember. >> veronica moser-sullivan. >> we will remember. >> alex sullivan. >> we will remember. >> alexander teves. >> we will remember. >> and rebecca wingo. >> we will remember. >> we will remember you. [ applause ] >> we will remember you. we will honor you by celebrating
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life. we will honor you by living our lives a little better. today we will also want to remember those other heroes. you know, in the past 72 hours, going through the hospitals, i met individuals and families from indonesia, from connecticut, from new jersey, louisiana, jordan, texas, and to a person, these wounded want to stay in colorado. [ applause ] again and again we heard that they would not be defined by this event. we learn again about the kindness of strangers. a young man named pierce who had
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been shot three times, one with each of the weapons, the glock, the ar-15, and the shotgun, he works at the rescue mission. at one point he said, the o outpouring of light and love is so much more powerful than any darkness. [ applause ] or a young man named kerry, 20 years old, remembering four complete strangers lifting him up off the pavement and taking him to safety and after they picked him up and got him over, another woman, a stranger, took off her belt and tied his leg as a tourniquet.
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alan who was visited by a visiting nurse who, again, he didn't know who helped stop his bleeding, heather, the young woman from red robin. there were 37 people from red robin celebrating. she was there, 25 -- she was the other person whe had met who had been shot with all three weapons. you can imagine her ordeal. and yet behind her on her bed was a large "batman" pillow. and we taked about that shared strength and resiliency. her and her mother at one point looked up and said, it's amazing that one bad person has brought out so much good.
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[ applause ] you know, in the coming days we'll here more stories. i was with the president and he asked me to say that he couldn't be here without changing it. he was supposed to have left like an hour and a half ago and as he met these heroes, as he heard these stories, you know, the staff kept trying to drag him out and he wouldn't be dragged out. [ applause ] but he told the story of a young woman, stephanie davies, and she was with her friend, ali, was 19 and stood up at the very beginning and was shot in the neck. blood started to spurt out and stephanie, 21 years old, had the
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sense of being to put her finger over it and stop the bleeding, to stay with her and make sure that she got evacuated safely and the president visited them together in the hospital room. [ applause ] we're going to hear more stories in the coming days and we should celebrate those stories. we'll have a chance to honor each of the victims individually and to remember lives cut short for reasons that i can't explain. history tells us the pain from something like this never goes away completely but we do get stronger and it will be easier to move forward though it may take days, maybe months, maybe
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longer. to the families of those gathered here today, we remain here for you. our community is here for you. colorado is here for you and always will be. god bless you. [ applause ] >> thank you, governor. we are joined on the steps up here this evening by a large number of elected officials and dignitaries. i am not going to introduce each one of them individually. but i want you to know that here this evening we have our colorado united states senators,
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our colorado congressional delegation, we have governors -- i'm sorry. we have mayors from numerous metropolitan jurisdictions. we have city council members from metropolitan area jurisdictions. we have county commissioners from metropolitan area jurisdictions. we have past office holders. we have representatives of the fbi, our aurora fire department looking around to -- [ applause ] colorado state representatives, colorado state senators, our lieutenant governor, colonel dan from buckley air force base.
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[ applause ] members of school boards and other employees of the city of aurora who have assisted this evening. members of the regional transportation district, a whole host of people who are here because they care. [ applause ] at this time i would like to introduce veronica o. white, the chairman of the aurora human relations commission. >> good evening.
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i am veronica white. on behalf of the aurora human relations commission, i would like to extend to the families, the friends our prayers and support. as you go through this time, remember that you do have a village. the city of aurora is your village. it is your home, it is your family, and you have members here that will help you through this grieving time. the aurora community has come together to lift up, provide comfort and support to each person affected by this senseless act of violence. it is my honor now to introduce to you a village of community members that are going to be able to provide words of comfort to each of you and the very first person is going to provide victims, family, and friends, debbie stafford. [ applause ] >> as we're here tonight to honor the lives of incredible
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people, i would like to have us remember the victims, their families, and their friends. for those 12 who heroically have given their lives and those 58 who have been injured, for all of the hundreds ever attendees that were in that theater and have become victims, for the employees, for the owners, for the families, for the friends and those who have felt the ripple effect like a rock or a pebble that has been skipped across the water and the ripples continue, please, as we begin to pray, let us once again honor these 12 who have given their lives. jessica ghawi, 21.
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veronica moser-sullivan. [ applause ] alexander boik, 18. jesse e. childress, 29. jonathan t. blunk, 26. [ applause ] alex m. sullivan, 27. [ applause ] micayla c. medek, 23.
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[ applause ] matthew r. mcquinn, 27. [ applause ] alexander c. teves, 24. rebecca ann wingo, 32. and gordon w. cowden, 51. please join me as we pray. heavenly father we come to you now and ask that the comforter of your holy spirit would wrap your arm around each one who tonight suffers, suffers in their bodies, suffers in their mind. for those who are feeling the ripple effects, their families and their friends, may you comfort them. may you walk with them in the days ahead and may they continue to know that they have received
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an out pouring of new friends in this community, of new friends in this nation and that we as a family together will continue to love, to support, to encourage them and to help them in any way that we can. may the comforter of your holy spirit be with them in the night and in the wee hours when there are so few to talk to and most of all may they know your healing. may they know your love. may they know your power. may they know that they forever will know they are loved. and we thank you for your protection over each of them. in your son jesus' name, amen. >> thank you, pastor debbie. providing words of encouragement for early responders, pastor ron
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pherson. [ applause ] >> heavenly father, we are gathered here to bring comfort. in matthew 20, chapter 16th verse, i'm reminded it says, so the last shall be first and the first shall be last. and many are called and few are chosen. many times you are the last one that is remembered that you are a victim. you're the last one that people stop to think that you had to go through something. but you're the first on the call, the first on the scene.
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and we're grateful. many say they would but you were chosen to answer the call. and we are grateful that you have answered the call. from the days of john the baptist until now, it says, the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence but the violence has taken by force. we thank you that you have not shrunk back from this challenge and that you, with great skill and with great dare, ran into the building, ran into places, willing to lay down your life for others. i want you to be reminded because what you've experienced, what you go through is something that tran sends what you do on your every day job. this is above and beyond the call of duty. but it also affects your family life and i ask god to comfort you and i want you to remember
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these words. has thou not known or heard the every lasting god, the lord, the creator of the ends of the earth neither is weary. there is no searching of his understanding. he giveeth power to the faint, to them that have no might. increases strength and even the youth may be weary and the young man shall fall but they who wait upon the lord will mount up as wings and they shall ran and not be weary. they shall walk and not faint. it is my prayer, it is our prayer tonight that you would be renewed. heavenly father, i pray, lord, that you would renew them. lord, i pray that you would meet the police. i pray, lord, that you would
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meet the fire department, the ambulance drivers, i pray, lord, that you would meet the doctors and the nurses. i would pray that you would meet everyone who willingly ran in, willingly gave of themselves, lord, to step in the gap for someone else. now i ask, lord, as you bring peace to them, as you heal their hearts and their minds as they try to wrap around and ask why, heavenly father, that they would look to you and even in the weakness and weariness that their strength would be renewed because of who you are. in jesus name, we pray and we say -- >> amen. [ applause ] >> providing prayer of comfort, pastor robin holland. [ applause ] >> amen. i wanted to say how proud i am
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being your pastor. y'all did a marvelous job. god bless you. i want to say to everyone that has lost a loved one, who has had someone that has been injured and anyone that was in that theater or associated with anyone, our hearts go out to you. we have been praying for you since we first heard, since my phone rank at 3:00 in the morning. and i'm here to tell you that the bible says that we're to rejoice with those who rejoice and we are to weep with those that weep. and we weep with you today but we weep because we have hope that tomorrow was going to be brighter. you are aurora. we are aurora. we grieve together.
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i had six members of my church in that theater and those six members survived. five of those members, amen, five of those members were in theater one because of the overflow of theater 9. but a young man who just graduated from high school and going off to college, jerrell, and his girlfriend jordan, were in the third row center in theater nine. it's the grace of god that they got out of there alive. [ applause ] and i want to tell you that
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their parents, reverend scott and sister nanita, it was they that i was praying with on that morning. it was they that are in that now famous picture that you saw on tv every time you turn on and we are praying -- i had a bright blue shirt on and we were praying. you know what we were praying? we were praying for those who had lost loved ones. we were praying for the survival of those that were injured. and we were praying that we could touch jerrell and jordan and we could hug them. those prayers were the beginning of healing. and as i pray right now, saints, city of aurora, the healing has begun. your presence here is the step of healing that this nation needs to see and i am so proud
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to be a citizen of aurora, colorado. [ applause ] heavenly father, we are grateful, dear lord. you told us that we are not to be worried or anxious about anything but that we are to pray with thanksgiving, father god. telling you our requests and making them known to you and you said in verse 7, the peace of god that goes beyond any of our understanding will rest and rule in our hearts. give us peace in christ jesus. lord, we need your peace right now. we need strength that is beyond our own strength. father, this outpouring of love,
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dear lord, shows us the love of this community and we need to comfort one another and continue to comfort, father god, those that can't be comforted. because the truth of the matter is, lord, our city is hurting but one day, lord, we know that our city will march back into that theater and we'll claim that theater back, father god, because it doesn't belong to terrorists. it belongs to the city of aurora. [ applause ] we ask, father god, that you would bring this comfort and you would have it rest and rule in our hearts, in jesus name we pray and everyone said, amen. god bless you. [ applause ] >> prayer for the city of
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aurora, reverend fields. [ applause ] >> good evening, aurora. the source of my life to the governor of this great state, to the mayor of this great city, and to all of the elected officials behind me that i serve with, to the victims and the survivors and all that are here today, i want you to know that we are aurora and we are strong. [ applause ] thank you for being here this evening. and i've been asked to pray for our city. so, please, bow your head in prayer. oh mighty god, you are the
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creator of the heavens and the earth. oh, god, we thank you for your loving kindness, your grace, and your mercy. we thank you, lord, for being here with us today, for stopping the rain and sending us your spirit as a source of hope and inspiration that we will make it past today. god, we are calling out to you today with tears in our eyes and sorrow in our hearts. we come before you with grief, pain, and sorrow. god, please, stretch out your hands towards us. fill us with your spirit of love and, please, knit our hearts together. where there is despair, bring hope. where there is confusion, bring peace. lord, hear the mothers cry. heal us, comfort us today, tomorrow, and forever. replace the pain in our hearts with love and care
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give us the strength to restore hope and promise in our families, with our friends, with our co-workers. just heal us, lord. touch every person in the hospital, every family who has lost a loved one, all of our first responders, our doctors and therapists and counselors. touch us, lord. touch those that are injured, wounded, scarred, or battered. thank you, lord, for each life that is here today, and let our lives be a testimony of hope. thank you, lord, for the leadership of this beautiful city in this great state. we are aurora. we are strong. and we are one. god bless you all. [ applause ] >> prayer for peace, rabbi joe
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black. [ applause ] >> let us pray. our god and god of all people, god of the rich and god of the poor, god of the faceless and god of the famous, god of the victims and god of all who cry on their behalf, god of those who have no god, we have come together at this sacred and solemn hour to pray for peace. these past days have been filled with horror. we have seen the devastating effects of violence on those killed and injured, on their loved ones, and on those who may have escaped physical violence but bear painful wounds deep within their souls. we have held tightly to our own children and played out the scenarios of what ifs and why nots over and over again in our
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minds. we are drained. we are in pain. and we are angry. so tonight we pray. god, spread over us the shelter of shalom, of peace, knowing full well that peace can seem out of reach in the aftermath of devastation. help us to see the potential for holiness that resides within each of us. god, we have felt your healing presence in the outpouring of love and caring that binds this incredible community together. we have witnessed your love in moments of clarity that cut through the deafening sorrow that fills our hearts and our homes. we have learned of selfless acts of courage that stir our souls and remind us of the inherent goodness that you have implanted within us. so god, guide us to see the good in the midst of evil. grant us peace, your most
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precious gift, and help us to be partners with you in shining the light of peace in the darkest corners of your creation. as a jewish prayer, we say -- [ speaking foreign language ] may the one who makes peace in the high heavens send peace to us and to all creation and let us say amen. [ applause >> once again, i want to thank you all for your willing support and participation in tonight's prayer vigil. once again, it's because of you, because of all of us aurora is still an all-american city.
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[ applause ] it's through your strength and your resolve we shall prevail and prosper. i like for you all to thank barbara shannon banister and nanna nancy and all the others who assisted in this vigil. i think it's been terrific, don't you? [ applause ] now it is my pleasure to reintroduce the pastor to help us close with this vigil. reid. >> thank you so much for being here. we stand together as a community, and we thank you for being here. there's not much we can do to sort of decrease the suffering
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of some of those who mourn and suffer right now except stand by you, and here we are standing with you. we want to thank all the members, all of you that are here. we're especially appreciative through the delegation from buckley air force base. and i want to express -- [ applause ] i also want to express my appreciation, and i want you to express your appreciation to members of the clergy, to churches that are stepping up to express their hope and faith and to encourage you. [ applause ] following our closing prayer this evening, we want as sort of the final act together as a community to sing together that great anthem of our faith, "amazing grace." so join us in doing that as we
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close. let's pray. our heavenly father, we thank you for these moments together this evening. we thank you, father, for the privilege of standing together with those who mourn. we thank you, four, for the privilege we have of standing together with those who lead. and we ask for your grace and your peace and your help. father, as been stated so many times this evening, there are no easy, clear answers to some of the hardest questions of life. but somehow, some of that pain and confusion has made just a little bit more bearable as we do it together. so we thank you for uniting us and bringing us together here this evening. father, as a community, we identify with the words of the apostle paul when he said, "we are hard pressed on every said side but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted
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but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed." that is the case because we have each other and we have a loving, caring, powerful creator, god, who watches out for us and helps us. thank you, lord, for this time together. thank you for these friends and community members. thank you for your presence and peace and healing power. we pray these things in the lord of our name and savior, jesus christ. amen. [ applause ] >> we would ask that you please stay where you are while we let the families exit and all of our officials up here please remain standing and we'll sing "amazing grace." let's let them get started out, and we'll start "amazing grace."
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♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound ♪ ♪ that saved a wretch like me ♪ i once was lost but now i'm found ♪ ♪ was blind but now i see ♪ through many dangers, toils,
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and snares ♪ ♪ i have already come good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. we're live tonight in aurora, colorado, where that very touching memorial service just wrapped up. the people of aurora, colorado, galvanized by their collective grief in the face of this terrible tragedy. this evening they gathered as one community, and they shared their sadness. thousands of aurora residents, their mayor, and their a governor got together to remember the 12 people killed in friday's movie theater massacre. to see their faces and hear their names.
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>> micayla medek. >> we will remember. >> veronica moser-sullivan. >> we will remember. >> alex sullivan. >> we will remember. >> alexander teves. >> we will remember. >> and rebecca wingo. >> and the mayor also tonight of aurora speaking about his community, saying he did not want to talk about the suspect in all of this. this was a tribute to the families, to the people who lost their lives, to those who were injured. >> tonight we honor loved ones no longer with us. tonight we support the survivors. tonight we reach out to each other and love each other and